Last year, Toronto’s PUP had their biggest year as a band yet. They released their album, Morbid Stuff, to critical and commercial acclaim: touring for 9 months on a largely sold-out world tour, and even making their late-night television debut on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
Now, PUP has released the first taste of new material since Morbid Stuff, “Anaphylaxis.”
“I got the idea for the song when I was at my partner’s cottage and her cousin got stung by a bee and his whole head started to swell up,” says PUP singer Stefan Babcock. “His wife, although she was concerned, also thought it was pretty hilarious and started making fun of him even as they were headed to the hospital. He ended up being totally fine, but it was just funny to watch him freaking out and her just lighting him up at the same time. It reminded me of all the times I’ve started panicking for whatever reason and was convinced I was dying and the world was ending and no one would take me seriously. In retrospect, I always find those overreactions pretty funny. So we wrote a goofy song about being a hypochondriac and tried to make our guitars sound like bees at the beginning of it.”
Below you can watch the claymation video for “Anaphylaxis” directed by Callum Scott-Dyson.